Gramercy Arms

In Music on January 17, 2009 at 10:35 am


Gramercy Arms, taking their name from an old apartment building on New York City’s 22nd street, is all about the “New York state of mind.”  We had the pleasure to meet with Dave Derby, singer/songwriter of the project, Sean Eden, and Rainy Orteca at a little cuban restaurant before they took the stage at Pianos, on the lower east side.  Chatting over empanadas and coconut flan we covered everything from new years resolutions to youtube.  Dave admitted his appreciation for the online phenomenon stating, in loo of their decadal music videos, “you take what you can grab.”  The videos for “Automatic” and “Shining Bright” are made up of 70’s and 80’s flashbacks.  “The 80’s were moving forward”, Dave explains, while the 90’s took a step back trying “to recreate the 70’s.”  Everything comes full circle and soon enough “we will be recreating and playing madrigals”, which is an idea that Rainy admits to be a fan of.  


Pianos opened up the stage to Gramcery Arms shortly after 11pm on one of the coldest nights of the winter.  The blistering weather appeared to have deterred the usual Wednesday night concert goers.  Those who were brave enough to venture out witnessed hilarious sarcasm between band-mates, insane guitar playing, and a comical number of chats with the French sound guy.  “Automatic” is a sure hit.

Gramercy Arms just released their debut  power pop album in 2008 with guest appearances such as comedian Sarah Silverman, Lloyd Cole, Chris Brokaw, and band member from Nada Surf.  Keep your eyes open for their new single and perhaps EP, “Nothing I Can Do,” planned to hit shelves sometime next Spring.  Gramercy Arms embodies the “gritty splendor” that is New York, or so they say.




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